Friday, October 20, 2017

Anna’s 4th Birthday

Anna. 4th Birthday.At the end of September Anna has turned 4 years old! Congratulations, our little shining star. Be healthy, be happy, be lucky and loved!

Anna’s birthday fell on a Wednesday this year. I decided to celebrate the very same day after school. I think it’s more exciting for a birthday girl, plus it would have been so hard to wait until the weekend party for both her and Arosha.

Siblings.As I wrote before, we have a birthday balloons tradition with Arosha. We did not do it for Anna last year, and she made me feel a little bad about it when she decided that we just forgot to get her balloons. She was not terribly upset, but she was fully expecting a bunch of balloons for her birthday this year. I guess that’s only fair. It’s a good tradition anyhow, something that really sets their birthdays apart from all the other holidays.

So on Tuesday, Anюta and I went to Party city and got a helium tank and a bunch of balloons. It took me and Daniel about an hour to fill them up in the evening. Still easier than buying ready balloons at the store and bringing them home. We still have about a quarter of those balloons hanging by the ceiling 9 days later.

Brother.So Anna got up in the morning, saw the balloons, was happy. Then she went to school and I went to get her a birthday cake. It was a really hot and humid day, so Daniel’s dad helped me and drove me to Cherry Hill supermarket. She wanted the cake specifically from that place, because their cakes are so beautifully decorated I suppose. I promised her to get the pinkest cake there is, and so I did.

At 1 o’clock I went to school to celebrate her birthday with her classmates. I got some cupcakes and juice and filled party favor bags for all the children. It was my first experience like this since Arosha’s birthday is during summer break.

Traditional balloons.Anюta was happy to see me, but after eating her cupcake, she did not want to participate in any celebratory class games. She preferred to sit with me in the drawing corner and just draw things. Oh well, it’s her birthday after all.

We planned to stay at the playground until around 3:30, the time of the party. However, the weather was so unbearable, that we got home at 3:00. I’ve decided not to cook anything, but to order pizza and sushi instead. Anюta invited her friends Mila and Liza, and they came with their moms and siblings (Smion, Alex and Andrusha).

Family.I was a little worried that the children will be bored or that they will turn the apartment upside down, but it was not bad at all. Girls played together really nicely. They played with toys, Anna’s kitchen, mosaic, did some water-coloring activities. The boys spent a lot of time building the contraption lab that Arosha’s got for his birthday, they also played a few board games and tried to pay hide-and-seek up until the moment of Shublik’s release.

This year we locked Shublik in one of the closets, so the kids have more space. In the past we used to lock Shublik in one of the rooms, but my mom suggested a new plan, and I think it actually worked out very nicely. He did not object at all, and probably it felt safe for him. Of course, Arosha let him out at the end while trying to hide in that particular closet, even though we warned everyone that that closet is off limits and I even put a few strips of scotch tape on the door, so that it would require more effort to open it up.

Celebration. Guests.The guests stayed until about 6 p.m. and then went outside and played there until about 7 p.m.

In the evening the grandparents and aunt Lina came to congratulate our little birthday girl. I really hope that she enjoyed her special day.
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Iceland — Part 2

Strokkur Geyser.On Wednesday, July 22, we went to our farthest point of interest — Gullfoss Waterfall. I have not researched this place in advance, so its power and beauty took me completely by surprise. There were plans in the past to turn the fall into the power station, but luckily they never came to be. Nowadays Gullfoss is protected by the government, and I hope it stays the same.

Enormous Gullfoss waterfall.We were able to get really close the the waterfall. The path that leads to one of the observation spots is muddy and slippery in places because it gets water mist from the fall. I had to carry Anюta in some places for safely, and Danya held Arosha’s hand, but we have to do it in many American National Parks as well. It was pretty cold and windy, so children and I even wore hats or hoods.

Gullfoss Falls.On our drive to Gullfoss we enjoyed the view of some truly beautiful landscapes. Videos and pictures don’t do it justice. I thought that Iceland will be more bleak and kind of grey mouse-ish, but this little Northern country proved me wrong. Its allure is different from the lush riches of tropical forests or hardy red mountain ranges. It is subtle, yet powerful. The emerald velvety moss covering volcano stones, the grey sunless skies, the sheep and horses grazing on road sides — all of this resonated with me in unexpected way.

Strokkur Geyser.Anyhow, back to our sightseeing day. Our next stop was Geysir hot springs area, where Geysir geyser is located. Geysir was the first geyser known to Europeans, and the actual English word “geyser” originates from it.

Litli Gesir.We watched Strokkur geyser erupt 3 times. It was possible because it erupts very often, every 6-10 minutes, although the eruptions themselves are brief. You literally have to stand around with your camera ready if you want to catch it in the act.

German biker club.When we were walking to the geyser area, we saw a big group of bikers with German biking clubs insignias on their jackets. Daniel was curious, so he approached them and asked them where they were from and how did they got to Iceland with their bikes. They were very friendly and told us that they were indeed from Germany and that their club traveled to Iceland by boat from Denmark if I’m not mistaken. They also put our children onto their bikes when they saw that the kids were interested.

Geysir.We saw a few more geysers and hot springs, but Strokkur was the most impressive one. The whole area reminded me of Yellowstone, but I have to say that Yellowstone was much more spectacular — I guess, it is just considerably bigger and has a lot more fascinating things to see. But I still was happy that we were able to visit Icelandic geysers. Now I wish it was as easy to get to Kamchatka, but as far as Russian geysers are concerned, I doubt that I’ll have a chance to see them.

Geysir.There was only one food place open at lunch time. We ended up paying $80 for a set of subpar burgers (Arosha claims that he almost threw up eating his portion) and fish sticks. I think it was the worst food experience of our whole vacation if not ever.

Iceland landscapes.We ate dinner at the executive lunge. There was not much choice, but we filled on nuts and snacks and cookies. And it was free.

Thingvellir National Park.On Thursday, July 23, we checked out of Reykjavik Hilton. We had a not too early morning flight on July 24th, so in order to minimize the commute and all the variables associated with driving for an hour, we moved to Keflavik’s hotel, which was very close to our car rental place and the airport.

Continental rift between the North American and Eurasian plates.Before going to the new hotel, we continued with the exploration of Iceland and drove to Þingvellir National Park. Þingvellir is worth seeing for multiple reasons. First of all, you can look at the rift between North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. If I did not know what it is, I would not have guessed, but it was pretty awesome to look at the continental divide equipped with that knowledge.

Trail through Thigvellir National Park.Secondly, Althing, or Iceland’s national parliament, was gathering in Þingvellir for over 900 years starting from 930 AD. This was the oldest parliament in the world, and all the free men of Iceland could participate. I was expecting to see some kind of old building and it took me a while to realize that this used to be different from modern day political realities. No buildings, but just the place to gather, discuss things and make laws. The parliament meetings were held in summer time every 2-3 years.

Thigvellir National Park.We took a nice hike around. The nature was beautiful. There was a small lake with wild gees and the children liked watching them.

Thigvellir National Park.For lunch we bought some vegetarian sandwiches at a local store and they were pretty decent.

Thigvellir National Park.Afterwards we drove to Start, our new hotel. We got a nice big clean two-bedroom suite. Then we drove to car rental place to check how much time it would take to get there from our hotel. It took us 5-7 minutes, which was nice.

Thigvellir National Park.After considering different options for a while, we decided to have dinner at an Irish Pub. To our disappointment, it only served alcohol, so we went to a highly rated pizzeria next door instead. The food at pizzeria was OK, but nothing to write home about. Our waitress was a Russian girl, who studies in Keflavik to be a pilot. She told us that weather in Keflavik is really severe, and it gets so windy in winter time that they have to cancel flights on that account from time to time. It was really interesting talking to her, but she had to attend to other tables. After dinner we went back to the pub and got a pair of nice blond beers.

Keflavik shore line.We took a stroll on the promenade by the water. It was nice, but so windy indeed. I put hats and hoods on the children and wore a hat and a worm coat myself and was still cold. We saw a metal anchor statue and an old decommissioned fishing boat Baldur. It was interesting, but we cut our walk short in fear of getting a cold from the chilly winds.

Anchor statue in Keflavik.On our way back to the hotel, we stopped at a gas station to fill up the car and impulse bought a package of dry fish and two Icelandic beers. Both fish and beers turned out to be mediocre, but they still had a flair of novelty and exoticism to them.

Old fishing boat in Keflavik.There was nothing much left to do, but to sleep. It was a little difficult on the account of white nights and flimsy curtains that did not block all the light, but we managed.

Keflavik.We got up pretty early next morning, had breakfast, which is served from like 3am at this place, and drove to return our car. We had to wait at the car rental again, since we did not fit into the van going to the airport and had to wait for it to get back. Oh well, we still made it to the airport with time to spare.

Our Start Hotel in Keflavik. Anna's bed.Funny thing at the airport is that Danya got confused for and Icelander by local airport staff. When they heard him speaking English, they switched to Icelandic on a few occasions. One of the employees explained to us that Daniel’s English accent sounds very Icelandic. I too had airport staff starting to talk to me in Icelandic twice, so I wonder if they also thought that I might be local.

Gulffoss Falls.Danya and I think that the reason for Russian and Icelandic English accents being similar is the hard sound “R” which is present in both languages, but is quite different in English. I have noticed the similarity of accents too, and I even thought that our waitress at VOX was Russian before I read her name on the tag.

The flight back was easy and uneventful.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Iceland — Part 1

Blue Lagoon and silica masks.Our flight to Iceland was on Monday, July 20th. Originally we planned on taking a taxi to the airport from Oslo, but after talking to our hotel’s staff we realized that taking a bus is a much cheaper and more convenient option. There is a FlyBus stop right in front of the hotel, and buses leave for the airport every 15 minutes or so. We saved some cash for the tickets, but apparently paying by credit card was an option as well. We only had to buy two tickets since children were free of charge, plus we got a discount for staying at Radisson Blu hotel. It probably took us 15 minutes longer to travel by bus, but we did not have to wait for the taxi to come to the hotel, so we pretty much have not lost any time.

Hilton Nordica.After a quick check in at the airport, we still had some time for lunch. We ended up eating burgers and drinking Hoppy Blond beers (adults only). The lunch was expensive as all the food in Norway, but it did not feel like there was an airport premium. We had some Norwegian coins left, and Arosha decided to use them as souvenirs. The cool thing about 1 and 5 Norwegian Krones is that the coins have a hole in the middle. When we got home, the children made necklaces and bracelets using krones for themselves and their friends. They were a big hit.

Our Fiat.The flight to Keflavik was relatively short and uneventful. We did have a bit of an issue locating our car rental company representative who was supposed to pick us up at the airport. Danya had to call them and was told that the staff member will be at the airport shortly and we have to look for him walking with the company’s sign. We waited for about 20 minutes after that, which was a little annoying. There were other people who were waiting for the same company, but luckily we were all able to fit into the company’s van. The driver turned out to be Russian by the way.

Our room.We got our car without any hiccups. It was a dark blue Fiat. We paid for the full insurance, but a few things were not covered, such as doors torn off by the wind, or damage done by driving on certain prohibited gravel roads. The wind part was really surprising to me, but I suppose Iceland is really windy. So we made sure to open the doors with caution and to not leave them open. Also, there was a sandstorm in the area, so not buying a full insurance was too risky.

Sun Voyager.After approximately an hour long drive we got to Hilton Reykjavik Nordica Hotel. When we were booking our stay, the biggest room that we could find was a room with two twin size beds. However, knowing how accommodating Hilton usually is to its Diamond members, Daniel called the hotel before making a reservation and inquired if it will be possible to get a roll-away bed and a crib into the room. He was told that they normally don’t do that, but they will for us. When we arrived at the hotel, the receptionist did not know about the roll-away bed situation and he said that the room that we have booked will not fit it. However, after Daniel explained our booking circumstances to him, he upgraded us to a much bigger room in which all the beds fit perfectly. We also got a higher floor — 5th instead of 2nd. Since he had to make some changes, we had to wait for about 20 minutes. The receptionist went out of his way to make us feel welcome and gave us two sets of drink vouchers, which was very nice of him.

Sun Voyager and Arosha's sneeze -- the only pictures we have.Everyone was tired and hungry, so we’ve decided to eat at the hotel’s restaurant VOX. It was pricey, but it had a Michellin star rating, so it was supposed to be top notch. I ordered salmon for myself and for the children — they shared one adult portion, and Danya got fish and chips, which at $35 were the most expensive fish and chips that he ever ate. The food was good, but not as spectacular as I was hoping.

Shore line.The next day we had Blue Lagoon reservation at 18:00, so we did not want to drive anywhere far in the first half of the day in order not to be stressed about making it to the lagoon in time. Exploring Reykjavik seemed like a perfect thing to do.

Building stone towers.After breakfast we got into our car and drove for about 15 minutes to the city center. We parked close to the waterfront, payed a very reasonable parking fee and schlepped to see Solfar, or Sun Voyager, metal boat sculpture. It is one of Reykjavik’s landmarks, so naturally there were plenty of people around it taking pictures. We participated in this activity as well. By the way, I’ve noticed that there are different parking zones with very different pricing. If we were to park next to the statue instead of parking across the street, we would have payed 3-4 times more for the meter.

Concert Hall.Next point of interest was Harpa concert hall located nearby. We took a walk down the waterfront promenade — Danya and I used the paved path, but the children preferred to run and jump on boulders next to the water. They spotted spiders and their webs from time to time and were really excited about those. The sea, the skies, the shore looked sort of milky grey and very serene. Reykjavik on that day elicited a peaceful feeling in me, like I was suspended in a big, soft, melancholic and dreamy cloud.

Streets of Reykjavik.When we reached tall glass building of concert hall, Danya went to take some pictures of it, and I stayed by the water with the children, who really wanted to build some stone sculptures. There were plenty of such sculptures already in place, so naturally they wanted to add a few of their own. It was fun to watch them busy at it and I wish we had something similar close to our home.

Hallgrimskirkja.After this we went to see Hallgrimskirkja — a modern church, which also happens to be the tallest church in Iceland. Luckily for me, Danya is so good with maps and finding his way in new places. I think I would have struggled so much if I had to locate all the landmarks by myself. Anyhow, the church looked fine, but it did not leave any special impression on me.

Shore.We walked through the streets of Reykjavik for a little while, visited some souvenir and clothing stores and started looking for a nice lunch spot. I have to say that prices in Iceland are very steep. Three t-shirts from the souvenir store cost us $100, and we did not buy any of those nice looking wool sweaters because they were $200-400 each. I did get a hat and a pair of really warm gloves for myself though (we got a bunch of hats for the kids in Norway) at a very reasonable price.

Soups for lunch.We ended up eating soups in bread bowls for lunch. We got lucky getting seats in the little restaurant, Svarta Kaffid, that was serving them. We got the last available table, and by the time we were leaving the waiting line was impressively big. Danya found this place on TripAdvisor, where it had an excellent rating. The restaurant only served two types of soup — vegetarian curry and Hungarian meat stew. Arosha and I got curries, and Danya and Anюta got stews. Everyone except Anюta liked their soups — me and Danya shared for variety as we often do. The price per soup bowl was $18.

Streets  of Reykjavik.After lunch we walked around the shopping streets of Reyjkyavik for a little while longer and headed back to the hotel for quick rest before heading out to much anticipated Blue Lagoon.

Streets  of Reykjavik.We arrived at the lagoon 15 minutes ahead of time, but got in without any queues or delays. This time of year it does not really get dark in Iceland. It gets a little darker for a few hours when the sun goes down, but never gets pitch black. I have to say that it presented certain difficulty for us at bed time, especially in the beginning of our vacation in Norway, but as far our lagoon experience went, we enjoyed the day lighting conditions in the evening hours.

Entrance to Blue Lagoon.By the rules of Blue Lagoon all guests are required to take a full body shower without any clothes on. Naturally, there were separate gender specific showers, so Danya and I got one kid each to shower and to change. The staff recommended to amply use hair conditioner and leave it in to minimize the effects of silica, which apparently makes hair all dry and unmanageable. We did just that. Luckily, individual showers had doors, so people could minimize being naked in front of strangers. Some people felt perfectly fine being naked in the crowd though. I think it’s probably more of a cultural than individual thing.

Path to Blue Lagoon.Anyhow, when we finally got outside, we jumped into the water right away since the air itself was freezing. Oh boy, it was pleasant! The water was so hot indeed, that at some point the children got a little overheated and jumped out for a few minutes to cool off. The water was milky white in color and it was 98-104 F in temperature. The temperature varied in different places, so we would feel it change from hotter to less hot spots and back up as we walked around the lagoon. The children got free floaters to wear, which was nice. There were steam and dry saunas available — we checked them out, but did not stay in either one for long.

Blue Lagoon.There were also free silica mud masks included in entrance fee, so Danya and I tried them on. We were offered by Blue Lagoon employees, who were sitting on the raft in the water, to have our picture taken on their iPad and get it e-mailed to us. We happily agreed. Oddly, many people who see those pictures think that our mud masks are a thick layer of sunblock. I don’t remember by now if my skin got smoother after the mask, but it probably did as it does after all similar products.

Streets  of Reykjavik.I was surprised to learn that this lagoon was man-made and is fed by water from the geothermal power plant. But on the other hand, the plant just uses the natural occurrence to produce electricity and then re-uses the water for the lagoon, so in a way it is not truly man-made after all. The water is rich in minerals by the way and supposedly is very good for the skin, especially psoriasis. I think that one visit certainly does nothing to improved any skin condition, but it’s pleasant to know that you’re bathing in something health-promoting.

Executive Lounge.We spent close to three hours soaking in the wondrous Blue Lagoon. The whole family really enjoyed it and was sad to leave this unusual place.

We arrived at the hotel totally wiped out, so dining in VOX was the easiest option again. Anюta got really cranky after falling asleep in the car, and she barely ate anything. In addition, she lost her favorite toy bear somewhere on the way from the car to the hotel room and we could not find it no matter how much we looked. It was very sad since she adored that bear so much. Arosha got it for her on Valentine’s day sale at school and she was absolutely in love with it for the longest time. For the record, the bear’s name was “Кленовый Сироп и Небо” and now he lives in Iceland. Oh, and Arosha only had $2 for that sale and he spent them all on the gift for Anna and nothing on himself. Just a side note.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Mountain Spring Lake Resort Getaway

Our cabin at Mountain Spring Lake Resort.В конце августа со дня свадьбы Даниных родителей стукнуло ни много ни мало, а ровно 40 лет! Желаю им счастливо и здорово дожить до следующего юбилея!

Our cabin inside.Чтобы отпраздновать это событие, Данины родители забронировали на три ночи домик в Mountain Spring Lake Resort. В прошлом мы пару раз ездили в этo место, и нам там очень нравилось, но в предпоследний раз мы там были больше 5 лет назад. Причина простая — цены. В Poconos в принципе везде не очень-то дешево, но этот резорт стоит раза в полтора-два больше среднего.

Tree climbing.Выехали мы около 4 часов дня в пятницу, и ехали ужасно долго, застревая в пробках на протяжении практически всего пути. По дороге перекусили в McDonald’s потому как все были голодными, а ужинать по прибытии прямо перед сном не хотелось.

Swing.Домик Данины родители сняли трёхкомнатный — в одной комнате спали они, в другой Лина с Арошей, а в третьей мы с Даней и Анютой. Для Анюты мы привезли её переносную кроватку, что было очень кстати, так как две кровати было только в одной комнате. Место у домика было просто шикарное — прямо напротив пляжа (а их на этом курорте два) и детской площадки.

Ambush.Лично я получила большое удовольствие от озера. Вода была не такой тёплой, как, например, на Коста Рике, но всё равно достаточно приятной по температуре. Я плавала несколько раз довольно долго. Для разнообразия было здОрово не бояться волн и подводных течений. Дети тоже купались несколько раз за время отдыха, хотя Арошу в воду тянуло явно больше Анюты.

Grilling.Еще одной радостью была еда с гриля. Всё так вкусно получилось — и бургеры, и овощи, и рыба, и мясо. Хотя skirt steaks вышли какими-то немного резиновыми. Не увереа в качестве ли мяса дело, или ещё в чем-то, но последние два раза, когда мы с Даней готовили их на гриле, получилось хуже, чем мы ожидали.

Burgers.А вот prime rib вышел очень удачно. Наверное, в следующий раз стоит воздержаться от skirt steak.

Grilling vegetables.Еще на территории резорта было огромное количество грибов. Ну буквально на каждом шагу. Наверняка, какие-то из них были вполне сьедобными. Мы были уверены только в сыроежках, и Даня даже зажарил один небольшой грибок на гриле для Арошки.

Row boats.В воскесенье мы с Даней и детьми сделали хороший круг вокруг озера — прошли где-то около двух миль. Было интересно.

Our cabin assigned boat.А еще мы два раза катались на лодке. Даня грёб, Ароша пару раз пытался, но у него получалось еще не очень. У меня тоже, кстати, не очень хорошо получалось, так что мне самой с детьми лодку без особой нужды лучше не брать.

On a trail.А еще мне очень понравилось по вечерам просто сидеть в большой уютной гостинной и со всем общаться. Мы, конечно, видимся с Даниными родителями, но так долго сидеть и разговаривать обычно не выходит, потому что надо или заниматься детьми, или укладывать их спать, или еще что-нибудь.

Also grilling.А Ароша с Анютой вечером долго занимались огнём на гриле. Они подкладывали туда веточки, раздували огонь одноразовой тарелкой, шевелили угли длинной палкой — вобщем, получили море удовольствия.

40th anniversary.В понедельник мы поехали домой. В этот день над нашими широтами должно было быть частичное солнечное затмение. Мы заранее обзавелись специальными защитными очками, чтобы иметь возможность посмотреть прямо на солнце. Честно говоря, я думала, что во время затмения будет гораздо темнее. Наверное, было немного темнее, но не настолько, чтобы мы это заметили, не зная заранее о происходящем событии.

Yum.Когда мы посмотрели через очки на солце, то затмение были видно очень четко. Солце было похоже скорее на громадный оранжевый месяц. Мне понравилось, хоть я и ожидала несколько иного.

Lina.Еще мы по дороге заехали в торговый центр и провели там часа два делая разные закупки типа курток, маек и джинсов (кстати, для Ароши мы купили джинсы размером на 10 лет, и он их уже носит в школу).

More Anna.После перекуса в противном гамбургерном месте, мы отправились на ферму собирать малину. Для нас это был небольшой обьезд — по 8 миль в каждую сторону, так что оно того стоило. Было очень жарко, поэтому собирали мы ягоды не очень долго, но успели набрать каждый по коробочке (а я две — за себя и Анюту).

Hike around the lake.Малина там была разных сортов — и красная, и жёлтая, и даже чёрная (не путать с ежевикой, которая там тоже, кстати, была). Еще мы купили там две баночки мёда — одну для себя, другую для Эрики, которая в эти дни приглядывала за Шубликом.

Sunset on the lake.К сожалению, Данин папа в кустах случайно обжёгся ядовитым плющом. Похоже, что он разнёс частицы масла этого зловредного растения по телу, и на следующий день у него распухла мочка уха и отёк один глаз. Кроме того, у него выработалась аллергическая реакция на ядовитый плющ, и жутко зудящие пятна появлялись потом по всему телу в течении недель двух. Из этого я сделала вывод, что даже на фермах не стоит соваться в кусты.

Parents.Не считая этой неприятности, сьездили мы очень хорошо. Я бы с удовольствием повторила как-нибудь еще.

On a trail.
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Arosha’s 7th Birthday

Arosha. August 30th, 2017.Earlier this month Arosha has turned 7! Happy Birthday, our son! Be healthy, happy, lucky, kind.

Multitude of helium balloons in the living room are a tradition by now, so on the morning of his birthday that was exactly what he expected and what he saw. As last year, we blew them at home using a disposable helium tank and hi-float solution. The balloons held for over a week by the way.

Baloon tradition.We got Arosha an early birthday present about 10 days before his actual birthday. He asked for a skateboard, and we were actually very happy that he had chosen something fun. It is not easy to get something for a child who pretty much has anything that he wants to as far as toys and things are concerned. We got it at a small skateboarding store in Park Slope, and along with the board we payed for a one hour lesson to learn the basics, since none of us really had any experience skateboarding. So far Arosha likes his new transport, and he even rode it to Manhattan Beach and back one day, but as far as skill goes, he is still a novice.

Poolside piñata.On the day of his birthday we celebrated it with his friends at the pool. He invited Alex, Simon and Vladik with their younger siblings. I was a little worried in the morning since the day was cloudy and on the cool side, but decided to proceed as planned anyway. It turned out to be Ok. The boys didn’t spend too much time in the water, but still had fun. We also bought a piñata this year and stuffed it with little things from 99 cent store. It was a hit as expected.

I did not cook anything for the party this year. We just ordered pizzas and had some fresh fruits, berries and vegetables as well. I think that for a pool party this made more sense than putting all that effort in cooking meat pies and salads which kids did not really touch last year.

Baloons. Evening before the birthday.After spending a few hours by the pool, we went up to the apartment to have tea and cake. Arosha picked an ice-cream cake as always — Danya and him bought it a few days prior at a Carvel store.

After the cake everyone went to the playground where the children played for another hour. The birthday was fun, I hope Arosha enjoyed it.

Birthday cake.And on the weekend we continued to celebrate with Danya’s parents and sister. Arosha picked a Korean restaurant, and we had a very nice family lunch at Kim-Chi in Bay Ridge.

As far as other gifts go, Arosha also got books, money for additional skateboarding lessons, clothes, board games and art supplies, which he kindly lends to his little sister.

Our not-so-little-anymore units.I hope Arosha will have a healthy and joyful year.

Oh, and by the way, when we went to the annual doctor’s visit, Arosha’s measurements for height and weight were 54 inches and 63 pounds.
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